3 men arrested in drug bust in Edgewater

$60,000 worth of marijuana, cocaine found during traffic stop

August 05, 2005|By Annie Linskey | Annie Linskey,SUN STAFF

Three men are facing drug charges after an Anne Arundel patrolman found $60,000 worth of cocaine and marijuana in a car during a routine traffic stop in Edgewater this week, police announced yesterday.

The initial stop Tuesday night led officers to an additional $160,000 worth of drugs stashed at a Glen Burnie apartment, police said.

"This is a significant bust," said county Police Chief P. Thomas Shanahan at a news conference yesterday at the county's southern police district. "I'm not going to say this is the largest bust [by a patrolman], but it is big."

Arrested for drug offenses were Alan David Lyall, 32, of Glen Burnie; Justin Rex Feronti, 24, of Edgewater; and Stephen Louis Carpenter, 20, of Arnold, police said in charging documents.

Lyall and Feronti were being held yesterday in the county's detention center on a $750,000 bond and $50,000 bond respectively, according to a jail staffer. Carpenter was released Wednesday on his own recognizance, according to court records.

"These people were midlevel dealers based on what we saw there," said Lt. Glenn Shanahan, who commands the county's narcotics team and is the brother of the police chief.

Police displayed a fan of hundred-dollar and twenty-dollar bills on a table at the news conference. The money lay next to freezer bags stuffed with marijuana and chunks of cocaine that officers seized in the bust.

Chief Shanahan credited the department's aggressive policy of making traffic stops. So far this year police have made 10,000 more traffic stops than last year, he said.

Tuesday, Officer Michael Morningstar, a seven-year veteran, spotted a Toyota Camry with heavily tinted windows stopped at a red light on Maryland Avenue in Edgewater, police said. In Maryland, noncommercial cars cannot have windows tinted more than 35 percent.

Morningstar approached the car after it turned in to a CVS Pharmacy parking lot on the 3000 block of Solomons Island Road. As he walked up to the car, the two occupants - Lyall in the driver's seat and Feronti in the passenger seat - reached under their seats apparently to stuff drugs out of sight, police said. Thousands of dollars of drugs and cash were found.

Feronti said he'd been dropped off by a third man - Carpenter - who was in a nearby Nissan, police said. No drugs were found in this car, but Carpenter had a "small bag of ... suspected marijuana," according to police charging documents filed with the district court.

The county's criminal investigation unit then searched Lyall's apartment on the 8100 block of Foxberry Lane in Glen Burnie, and found $111,000 worth of cocaine and $48,000 worth of additional marijuana, police said.

"This part of our community is not known for this," Shanahan said, noting that the initial bust occurred close the Police Department's southern precinct. "We're surprised by it. It shows that this kind of thing is reaching every community."

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